Amethyst Hot Springs, Lower Wanganui River

Name: Alex M
Rating: 8/10
on 16 January 2013

Great spot but recent flood (that took out the bridge closing the state highway for a few days) has changed this area. You now need to park at the site 500m before the car park unless you have a 4wd as river taken the road. Also the track isn’t so clear as more slips have occurred on the walk up the river. The walk through the forest is overgrown and has a dangerous section to cross over an overhanging landslip however with care it should not be a problem. Once you cross the bridge it is exactly 238m until the turnoff at the corner which is also currently overgrown. There were no dug out pools as of 7am 14th Jan 2013 so digging was required, and probably will be after each heavy rainfall. From speaking to locals it seems that it is currently better than usual as there are so many places where thermal water underfoot, potential for 5 to 6 pools. Very hot so channel some out when digging. Recommended, just 20 mins from state highway!